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TOM Theory of Mind Test

M. Brüne
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Application

Assesses Theory of Mind.
Theory of Mind describes the ability to put oneself in another person’s position and make assumptions about that person’s feelings, thoughts, intentions, wishes or motives.
Theory of Mind is a key facet of social cognition and one that is important for complex communication. It may be impaired in mental disorders or as a result of neurological disease. In consequence, the TOM is used in clinical neuropsychology.

Administration

Four pictures that tell a story are presented in random order: the testee must arrange them to form a meaningful sequence. If the testee arranges the pictures incorrectly, this is indicated and the correct sequence is shown. Once the pictures are in the correct order, questions are asked about the likely intentions and thoughts of the people depicted. Both aspects of the Theory of Mind are therefore tested: arranging the pictures tests understanding of social interaction, while the questions test recognition of other people’s probable intentions and thoughts.

Test forms

S1: Standard form A S2: Standard form B – parallel test form
S3: Short form A
S4: Short form B – parallel test form

Scoring

The following main variable is scored:

Theory of Mind.
Subsidiary variables provide more detailed information on strengths and weaknesses.

Scoring elements

Table
Profile
Working time
Confidence interval
Profile analysis
Test protocol
Item analysis protocol
Progress chart
Special diagrammatic representation of results
Personalized Word report
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Test type

Special Ability Tests

Test information

adaptive
modular
language-free item material
parallel test form
conforms to the Rasch-model
additional device required
high level of test security
wide norm spectrum
test form available for online presentation - open mode
links to CogniPlus
supervisor-supported testing

Languages

Dutch
English
French
German
Italian

Duration

approx. 18-30 minutes, depending on test form

Age

Norms for ages 17+.

Special features

Suitable for adults.

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